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heARTful stamping challenge – anything goes!


This month’s theme and monthly prize

Anything Goes  + a stamp

Apr 2 – May 6

I’m back from my trip to Germany!

We’ll be having an Anything Goes theme ALL MONTH LONG here at the heARTful stamping Challenge.  Hope that gives you a chance to play along!

Normally throughout the month I have different sorts of challenges…”use it”, themes, sketch, etc.  There are weekly Top 3 winners and a random winner from all of the participants receives the monthly prize drawing.  This month is a C R A Z Y month for me with taxes due, inlaws visiting and a Spring Break trip to Germany to visit my sister.  

I was able to pick up an extra February CTMH’s Stamp of the Month which I think is perfect for Easter – it’s called Easter Bunny.  ooohhh!  Doing the happy dance here!  I have one more set for April.

This Week’s Inspiration

Cyndi had some fun combining CTMH’s Dreamin Big bug stamps with a floral embossing folder she had on hand.  This card just makes me think, Spring!!  I absolutely love the purples and blues together – and look at that sparkle on the dragonfly!  Wouldn’t you LOVE getting this in your mailbox?!  This stamp set is available only through the end of April.


supplies: Dreamin’ Big stamp set from CTMH


I needed to make a birthday card for my Sister-In-Law and I remember seeing a card somewhere on my feed or Pinterest that had this layout of sorts.  I think there was a recent sketch challenge with it.  Anyways, it made an impression on me and I thought CTMH’s Hello Lovely stamp set would be perfect for this!  I used my watercolor paints from CTMH to watercolor the flowers – in real life the rose matches this Sorbet cardstock perfectly.

Close To My Heart
supplies: Hello Lovely 
stamp and matching thincut die set, White Daisy cardstock, Sorbet cardstock, Archival Black ink, watercolor paint set

I hope you join us!

It’s simple to play along:

  • 1 entry limit per week or 5 total ** this month only! 
  • no digis please! 
  • please link back to this heARTful stamping Challenge to be eligible for the monthly prize!

CTMH – scrapbooking layouts


Oh, hello spring!!

There are lots of ways to welcome spring and to document it as well…

These layouts are easy to replicate with different papers and colors.

This Dreamin’ Big – scrapbooking set is only available through the end of April – as is everything in the CTMH Seasonal Expressions 1 catty.  Don’t miss out on your favorite stamps and papers!

CTMH Twins Rule!

Did you know?!

1 in 50 people is a fraternal twin in the USA, and 1 in 150 is an identical twin.

This Twins Rule from CTMH’s Seasonal Expressions 1 catalog really makes me smile.  I think it’s adorable and I had no idea how common twins are although I should since we have triplets in my Kindergarten class and a set of twins in one of the other classes.

This stamp set is not just perfect for scrapbooking – but it’s also great for cardmaking!  And, the images work for kids at heart – so, no matter the age or, twin or not, these animals are so cute!

Twins Rule | C1675 | $13.95

Don’t forget that you can only order from the Seasonal Expressions 1 catalog through the end of April and then these items are gone…


CTMH Love Thin Cut die

Close To My Heart

Things I love…

CAS cards – check!

Word dies – check!

CTMH patterned paper – check!

This card!!  This card is a super CAS (clean and simple) design and it’s perfect for using up paper scraps.  We all have them, right?!  If you are like me – they are hard to throw away.  This card features CTMH’s Hello Lovely patterned paper pack and some of the matching Hello Lovely stamp/thin cut die bundle.  The focal point though is CTMH’s Gold Glitter paper cut with their Love sentiment thin cut die.

See that peek of the Sorbet stamp pad up in the corner?  Close To My Heart has redesigned their ink pads and made them – in my humble opinion – the best holder on the market.  The inks are pretty good too, tee hee…  Seriously though.  These ink pads are large (think iPhone 7 size vs. the 5) and are magnetic so you can stack them or attach the lid underneath so your workspace is less cluttered…or you don’t cap the wrong ink.  Experience talking here…

I’ll be out of the net for the next week so if you have any questions – it will take me a while to get back to you as I will not have any internet access.  Please feel free to browse/shop in my absence and I will catch up with my thank you notes upon my return!

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CTMH – April Specials

Flock Together | S1704 | $17.95 or spend $50 and your cost is only $5.00

Yes…it’s April already!  Today I am running down to DC (for a second time this week) to pick up my passport.  Lesson learned and I hope I save you some drama and stress – your passport can not expire within 3 – 6 months AFTER your trip.  What!?  Yes, it’s true.  Luckily I found out before my flight later this week…  argh….

But I digress.  CTMH is unveiling a new Stamp of the Month!  Does this set, Flock Together,  remind you of the Partridge Family TV show – I know I just dated myself with that comment.  Even the “so happy together” makes me want to break out in song and I’m sure it’s from that same era!  So cute.

The other special going on this month is that CTMH is showing you how easy it is to scrapbook.  These two kits are made for doubters (or procrastinators) like me!  They are called Cut Above layout kits and they are 50% off!  They are designed so that you can scrapbook in 15 min or less and one set is very pink and the other is in blue tones.  It’s such a great price and you can stretch these kits to make up to 6 layouts, so I’ve heard.  They are both lovely and at this price – you can afford to get them both!

CTMH Cut Above kits

I love that as a cardmaker, I can easily use these pieces for some incredible cards!  Look at how Amy Tsuruta used some of these flower pieces in a card she sent me last week.  You can mix and match the papers and combine the die cut stickers with stamped images…

My monthly newsletter just went out yesterday.  It has two tutorials as a benefit that only my newsletter subscribers receive.  Stay up to date on all the specials and get inspired while you are at it!  If you don’t receive it, be sure to sign up in my left sidebar – it’s free.

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